The lobby and basement of the agency’s central office in Mifflinburg looked like Santa’s Workshop for a couple weeks! For many years now, SUM Child Development has received donations of toys, books, clothing, etc. during the holidays, to give to children and families served by the agency’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Families are provided the opportunity to take part in the “angel tree” or “hug-a-family” event and make suggestions regarding items that their children need or would like to receive. All children in the family are “eligible,” not just those in our programs.
This year was no different, and we would like to recognize the generosity of many local businesses and groups that took part in supporting our communities: Lewisburg Home Health, M&T Bank-Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove Area High School, Mifflinburg Area School District, Messiah Lutheran Church-Troxelville, Three Rivers Union Church-Beaver Springs, Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church-Laurelton, MedExpress Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust-Mifflinburg and New Berlin branches, Girl Scout Community 642, and MetLife Lewisburg. In addition to these groups, many SUMCD staff and their family members donated gifts and clothing. SUMCD received many thank you letters and cards from parents sharing their appreciation and how the holidays were made extra special. Here is a note from one family: